Local Catholics Pray for Papal Transition - New York News

Local Catholics Pray for Papal Transition

Posted: Updated:
The pope's window at the Apostolic Palace, where he normally reads from on Sundays, was sealed off. The pope's window at the Apostolic Palace, where he normally reads from on Sundays, was sealed off.
Catholics in Philadelphia attended a special mass the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Center City Sunday. Catholics in Philadelphia attended a special mass the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Center City Sunday.
PHILADELPHIA -

For the first time since the death of Pope John Paul II, there was no Sunday papal blessing at the Vatican.

The pope's balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square was sealed off as Catholics worldwide await the College of Cardinals to convene in Rome.

Meanwhile, local Catholics streamed into the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Center City to pray.

Archbishop Charles Chaput explained the process for papal transition to FOX 29.

"We join together in our local church here in Philadelphia to pray for our universal pastor," Chaput said in a mass to pray for the new Pope.

 "Coming to mass tonight (Sunday) is a sort of putting myself into the passion of the Christ," said Bill Hockwind of Chester County.

A customary prayer for Pope Benedict has been omitted from all Catholic masses until a new pope is elected. Some faithful are hoping for the beginning of a new direction for the church.

"I want a man who will stand up for his principles and the Catholic Church and not afraid to represent," said Toni Gratkowski of King of Prussia. She was among the hundreds who attended Sunday night mass.

Some are hoping the new pope will bring new life to the church after many years of scandal and dwindling enrollment.

"We must bring back those people who have been turned off from the sex situation which was very bad," said Lorraine Kelly of Chicago.

Some are hoping for a new pope with progressive views to win back Catholics who have left the church.

"I want someone that's going to bring a new direction. Obviously, youth would be nice. A fresh perspective," said Kurt Brooks of Center City.

Currently, 115 cardinals are due to take part in the papal conclave, which many believe will start around March 10.

The Vatican seems to be aiming for an election by mid-March, so the new pope can be installed in office before March 24 and lead Holy Week services culminating in Easter the following Sunday.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:48:47 GMT
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
  • Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:34:04 GMT
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
  • NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:30:41 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices